Behind the Scenes of the BUKU Music + Arts Project Lineup

It’s that time of the year that people love to hate: festival lineup announcements. Amidst a sea of reveals and artist debuts, there is always one or two lineups that stand out against the rest. BUKU Music + Arts Project is just that.

This unique New Orleans festival holds a fantastic reputation of only booking the best across a variety of genres. Going off the lineup poster (shown below), the acts are spread evenly across indie/alternative, rap, electronic, plus a handful of sub-genres. Not only do the BUKU party planners manage to do all that, but they also support local talent with exclusive bookings [Tvboo, Kidd Love, Ktrl b2b Redbarrington].

One thing that BUKU exceeded at with this announcement is the balance between male and female artists. Examining lineups last year proved to be quite disappointing in these terms, as there were many festivals that only had 1-2 women producers (i.e. Lost Lands).

While there are some names that stand out more than others, the 50+ artist lineup features some goodies that might get overshadowed.

Check out some of our favorite artists that we can’t wait to see at this year’s BUKU!


Sylvan Esso

Compromised of Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath, this North Carolina duo combines his electronic harmonies with her vocals. Favorite: “Hey Mami”

Bishop Briggs

The British musician Sarah McLaughlin began her career playing at any and every venue in Los Angeles, sometimes for only three people. Fast-forward, she has played for massive audiences at Coachella, and will definitely command the stage she performs at at BUKU. Favorite: “River”

Green Velvet

Embracing the Chicago house culture is Green Velvet. While he’s known for his insanely groovy tunes, his dance moves have garnered some attention as well. Favorite: “Devotion”

Princess Nokia

Hailing from New York is Princess Nokia, aka Destiny Frasqueri. Her come-up is a powerful one, as one can view in the 2016 documentary Destiny. Favorite: “G.O.A.T.”


Not many people can say they have fans all across the world… CloZee can. The female French producer is known for incorporating a melting pot of organic instrumentation. Favorite: “Secret Place”

Jade Cicada

Half man, half creature… very little is known about the glitch-hop artist, other than the fact that his song production is incredible. Favorite: “Beefcake”

Melvv [VIP]

There is no doubt that you’ve heard one of Melvv’s remixes or flips. While Melvv is also quite reclusive on social media, he joins Hippie Sabotage on their “Path of Righteousness” tour. Favorite: “Walk F*ck (Flip)”


The Bitbird newcomers have fully embraced the emerging love of future bass and unique visuals. The duo compromise of producer and visual designer and find their strength in telling stories through not only their visuals, but music as well. Favorite: “zZz”

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